Hi Patti and welcome back to fibro-land! It sounds like you have really been busy and I'm so glad you haven't flared from all the extra hard work you have had to do. I have two discs that have degenerated also and they only add to the pain and frustration and for me, it's hard to tell whether the hip/leg/shoulder unrelenting pain is from fibro or the discs.
I lost my 18 year old dalmation, Vesta last saturday and am broken hearted. I just wanted to tell you that when we got her she had been horribly abused by a man and left for dead in a ditch with six puppies. It took her forever to warm up to my husband, and all men for that matter. She barked at every man that walked in our house for the entire time we had her, with her tail between her legs, but once she realized they weren't going to hurt her, she settled down. It is horrible what people do to animals. Vesta would crouch every time I picked up a newspaper to read it, and forget a fly swatter.
My only suggestion is that you give it time and love your new puppy. It takes a lot of work to reassure an abused animal. Maybe Micky was never allowed in the house and doesn't know what the door is for!
We are going to rescue another animal for us and our other dog Dylan in a month or so. He is LOST without Vesta as they grew up together. He spends most of his time staring out the window or door looking for her.
Stay pain free, girl and congrats on your job and new furry friend!
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.
Thank you so much, Patti for your kind words about Vesta. I hope she is with Zeke, running through the clouds! I agree with you about rescue dogs...they are the best. Give Micky and Chloe a big hug for me and I'll imagine a wet sloppy kiss on my face. Nothing like Doggie kisses to brighten your day.
Patti, I am so sorry about Zeke, it is never easy losing a loving 'puppy'. Many yrs ago we had lost our beautiful Collie, Bairn, and we couldn't even look at another dog for awhile. We finally found a wonderful Scottie puppy from a loving family. We love that dog and several months later we decided to find him a 'brother'. We went to a shelter and found a beautiful sable and white Collie, like Lassie. He had been shaved down to the skin, b/c the former owner burned his fur. We brought this big boy home and hoped and prayed it would be a good thing. My children are dog lovers, my husband and I are big mushes, so we couldn't wait for him to love us. He was so afraid of my husband and 2 sons. My husband tried so many things to win his trust, finally it turned out a simple game of catch the soccer ball was the turning point. The change was dramatic. He was one of the most wonderful babies I have ever had. We lost him just over 2 yrs ago, shortly before I joined the forum. He was finally able to trust men again, followed my husband around everywhere. My baby's name was Donovan, he had been shaved down to basically a blond color, and he was rather mellow, so I thought of 'Mellow Yellow'. When his coat grew in he was gorgeous, many shades of red. I still can 'feel' his fur some times, I miss him.
I hope things continue to work out for you w/ work. I'm so glad you haven't had a flare w/ all that has been going on in your life. I will keep you in my prayers.
God bless. Alice.
It's so nice to hear from you!
Working long hours and everything you are going through and no flare! That is good news. And Micky- I get madder than a hornet when I read these stories about animal abuse. My sister's dog "Daisy" who passed away from old age a year ago was so badly abused and neglected she did not even bark when they first got her from a shelter. It was the passing of time and love that Daisy began to bark. Micky is in a good, loving home now and I know he will thrive with some time.
Hang in there Patti!